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Dementia Research in the Nursing Home
Robert Abrams
Psychiatric Services 1988; doi:
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New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division, 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, New York 10605

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Dr. Eth's Introduction: Ethical problems abound in the practice of geriatric psychiatry, in part as a consequence of a vulnerable patient population commonly presenting with cognitive impairment. The particular concern for preserving a patient's moral integrity is intensified when that patient experiences the erosion of self-determination associated with nursing home placement. In this month's column Robert Abrams, M.D., examines the ethical issues of competence, autonomy, and protection in the context of conducting dementia research with nursing home patients.

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